Persian Khoresh Bademjan

Persian Khoresh Bademjan

Khoresh Bademjan, a cherished Persian delicacy, showcases the culinary artistry of Iran. This flavorful stew features tender eggplant and succulent cuts of meat, bathed in a tomato-based sauce enriched with a Persian spice blend. It embodies the complex and enticing flavors that define Persian cuisine, making it a beloved and sought-after dish among enthusiasts of Persian gastronomy.
hands-on time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Persian
Servings 3



  • 1 lb lamb or beef stew cubes [1]

Fresh Produce

  • 2 large eggplants sliced [2]
  • 1 large onion finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic finely chopped

Packaged Food/Staples

  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cups broth
  • oil
  • salt & pepper

Khoresh Bademjan Culinary Spice Kit

  • 1 pouch Omani limes, cinnamon, coriander, cumin, cardamom, nutmeg, rose powder

Optional Garnish

  • onions fried or caramelized
  • fresh herbs cilantro, parsley, or min

Suggested Sides

  • rice basmati recommended
  • bread
  • couscous
  • quinoa


Prepare Eggplants

  • Place eggplant slices in a colander, sprinkle with salt.
  • Let them sit for 30 minutes. Rinse and pat them dry.
  • In a large PAN, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry eggplants until they turn golden.
  • Drain them on paper towels.


  • In a POT, heat 2 tbsp oil over medium heat.
  • Fry onions until translucent.
  • Add meat and salt to taste. Fry meat on all sides.
  • Add garlic, tomato paste, and Khoresh Bademjan spices. Mix well.
  • Add broth and salt & pepper to taste. Mix well. Cover. Bring to a boil.
  • Reduce heat to medium-low. Cook 30 minutes, or longer until the meat is almost tender.
  • Place the eggplant slices on top of the stew and slightly push them in.
  • Continue to cook for 30 minutes until eggplants and meat are tender.


  • Serve Khoresh Bademjan hot, with your preferred garnish, and traditionally with steamed rice, or with your preferred side.
  • Enjoy!


[1] Substitute meat with 1 lb boneless chicken, cut into 1 inch cubes.
Vegetarian: Substitute meat with 2-3 cups cooked  yellow split peas.
[2] Optionally, peel them first, or substitute them with zucchini.
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